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Workshops: Handmade Ceramics: Indoor Planter | 21 April 13:00

Starting with clay as the raw material you will learn to coil and strap clay and manipulate it to creating a small individual indoor planter. You will then enhance the...

Workshop: Paper Making | 27 April 12:00

To tie in with the museum’s exhibition Paper, People & Print, this workshop will begin with a brief talk on the history of paper making in the local area, this...

Local Heritage Roadshow | 28 April 11:00

Pop in to the museum and find out more about the many local clubs, groups and societies in the area dedicated to our local history and archaeology. Heritage staff will be...

Blaze’s Buddies | 03 May 11:00

Join Blaze, the museum dragon, and listen to a short action poem about him followed by other activities including a simple craft linked to the treasure Blaze has found that...

Tour and Tea – West Berkshire Museum | 05 May 13:30

Join us at the museum for a guided tour ‘the highlights of the permanent museum’ followed by tea and homemade cake in the museum’s on site café.  The tour is led...

Shaw House School Open Weekend | 06 May 11:00

Commemorating 75 years since Shaw House became a school. Join us for a very special weekend where you will have the opportunity to access all area of the House which...

Touch to See | 14 May 10:30

Touch To See meets on the second Monday of every month from 10.30am – 12pm at the West Berkshire Museum. The group has access to tactile and audio resources from...

Workshops: Challenge Yourself – Watercolour Painting on location at Shaw House | 14 May 10:00

During these four workshops you will learn everything you need to know in order to produce one or more finished watercolour pieces that you would be able to exhibit (and...

Sir John Tomlinson talks to Barry Millington | 15 May 15:00

Acclaimed as one of the world’s leading bass baritones, Sir John Tomlinson has dominated the international opera scene for several decades, appearing at the Bayreuth Festival every year from 1988...

Berkshire Archaeological Society Day School | 14 April 10:00

The Berkshire Archaeological Society Day School is an opportunity to review the archaeological work done in and around Berkshire during the previous 12 months, with guest speaker Sarah Orr from the West...

Meet the Archaeologists | 16 May 14:00

Come along and meet Sarah and Abi from the West Berkshire Council Archaeology Service to find out about the Historic Environment Record and what the service can do for you. Do...

Workshop: Bridal Flowers: Top Table Arrangement | 16 May 18:15

Come along and create your own long and low table arrangement using seasonal flowers and greenery. Suitable for top table at a wedding, buffet table or mantelpiece. You will be shown...

Workshops: Ceramic Wedding Gifts | 17 May 18:00

Join us to create some unique bridal party, Christening or naming ceremony gifts for you to give to those important people on your special day, from bridesmaids, God parents, Mums &...

Workshops: Hand Painting Delft Tiles | 18 May 10:00

Delftware, also known as Delft Blue, is the charming variety of blue and white ceramic pottery originating from Delft in the Netherlands, with many of the classic tile designs dating from...

A Brief History Of Music – GreenMatthews | 20 May 19:30

600 years of musical history in 90 minutes! Beginning in the Middle Ages and ending up in the 20th century (and incorporating everything in between!) this fun and fast-moving show...

Workshops: Challenge Yourself – Watercolour Painting on Location at Shaw House | 21 May 10:00

During these four workshops you will learn everything you need to know in order to produce one or more finished watercolour pieces that you would be able to exhibit (and...

Workshops: Wedding Place Names | 24 May 18:00

This workshop gives you the perfect opportunity to enjoy being creative with friends and family to make bespoke hand painted place names which also double up as personalised wedding favours for guests...

Tibetan Monks from Tashi Lhunpo Monastery | 23 May 12:00

A company of Tibetan monks from the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery is in residence for the second week of the Newbury Spring Festival. They will be working at the West Berkshire...

Family Activity Day | 30 May 10:00

Tremendous Trees 10am - 3.30pm Using the trees in the grounds of Shaw House as inspiration, make and decorate a wooden tree using Deco pens and a variety of craft...

Thumbelina – Indoor Puppet Theatre | 31 May 14:00

There was once a girl so small that she could float on a lily pad and ride on the back of a dragonfly. Hans Christian Andersen’s magical tale of a...

Family Activity Day – Cavalier or Roundhead? | 01 June 10:00

Make your own Civil War soldier out of a wooden peg, felt pieces, wool, chenille stems and other craft materials. This event is to tie-in with the re-enactment by English...

Mrs. Farquhar’s Afternoon Tea – 2.00pm | 01 June 14:00

Afternoon tea includes a selection of Fair Trade tea, finger sandwiches with fillings of smoked salmon, grated cheese, Wiltshire gammon, egg mayonnaise and cress, a scone with clotted cream and...

Bats at the museum | 01 June 20:30

A talk and walk by local bat expert James Shipman about the life of these amazing creatures. Did you know bats can live for up to 30 years? James explains...

Tour and Tea – West Berkshire Museum | 02 June 13:30

Join us at the museum for a guided tour ‘the highlights of the permanent museum’ followed by tea and homemade cake in the museum’s on site café.  The tour is led...

Open Air Sculpture Exhibition at Shaw House | 12 May 11:00

The Orangery Lawn at Shaw House will be transformed into a sculpture trail where you can discover artworks by local sculptors in this lovely historic setting. The exhibition is part...

Workshops: Challenge Yourself – Watercolour Painting on location at Shaw House | 04 June 10:00

During these four workshops you will learn everything you need to know in order to produce one or more finished watercolour pieces that you would be able to exhibit (and...

Blaze’s Buddies | 07 June 11:00

Join Blaze, the museum dragon, and listen to a short action poem about him followed by other activities including a simple craft linked to the treasure Blaze has found that...

*Sold Out* Workshop: Willow for the Garden | 08 June 10:00

*Please note this workshop has now sold out* In this workshop we will be making a simple garden cloche or plant climber for use in your garden.  Along the way...

ACE Space @ Shaw House | 10 June 13:00

A one day festival with performers from Newbury’s Arts and Community hub, ACE Space (and perhaps elsewhere!) in the House and grounds at the beautiful Shaw House. With music, storytelling,...

Touch to See | 11 June 10:30

Touch To See meets on the second Monday of every month from 10.30am – 12pm at the West Berkshire Museum. The group has access to tactile and audio resources from...

Workshops: Challenge Yourself – Watercolour Painting on location at Shaw House | 11 June 10:00

During these four workshops you will learn everything you need to know in order to produce one or more finished watercolour pieces that you would be able to exhibit (and...

Workshop: Bridal Flowers: Corsages and Bouquets | 20 June 18:15

In this workshop you will start by making a simple wired corsage and then go on to make a classic hand tied bouquet with seasonal flowers which can be used for a...

Workshops: Hand Painting Delft Tiles | 22 June 10:00

Delftware, also known as Delft Blue, is the charming variety of blue and white ceramic pottery originating from Delft in the Netherlands, with many of the classic tile designs dating from...

Talk: The Armourer’s Dilemma: Armour and Firearms in the British Civil Wars | 22 June 19:00

By the Civil Wars of the mid-17th century gunpowder weaponry had come to radically affect the nature of warfare. Increasing numbers of infantry and cavalry were equipped with firearms and...

Newbury I – 375th Anniversary of the First Battle of Newbury | 23 June 10:00

Experience the thrill of cavalry in action, musket and artillery fire, and the clash of pikes at a re-enactment of the First Battle of Newbury with the English Civil War Society. Infantry,...

Blaze’s Buddies | 05 July 11:00

Join Blaze, the museum dragon, and listen to a short action poem about him followed by other activities including a simple craft linked to the treasure Blaze has found that...

Touch to See | 09 July 10:30

Touch To See meets on the second Monday of every month from 10.30am – 12pm at the West Berkshire Museum. The group has access to tactile and audio resources from...

Workshop: Symmetrical Flower Arrangements | 18 July 13:00

Join us at this fun summer workshop and learn how to make a classic symmetrical triangle design - a front facing design which is often seen at receptions and functions....

Workshops: Hand Painting Delft Tiles | 20 July 10:00

Delftware, also known as Delft Blue, is the charming variety of blue and white ceramic pottery originating from Delft in the Netherlands, with many of the classic tile designs dating from...

Talk: The Archaeology of Lambourn and its Downs | 18 July 13:00

This talk by Berkshire Archaeology Research Group (BARG) member, Bob Brewer, will give an overview to the archaeology of the six millennia of settlement on Lambourn Downs (4000BC-400AD) and in...

Talk: The Berkshire Downs | 25 July 13:00

The contribution of voluntary archaeology to our understanding of the past. Janet Firth from the Berkshire Archaeology Research Group (BARG) will talk about the 1964 excavation of the Neolithic Lambourn...

Family Activity Day: Terrific Tudors | 25 July 10:00

Ruffing it with the Elizabethans 10am - 3.30pm Make a bejewelled Elizabethan ruff, a large collar worn around the neck by fashionable Tudors, out of card, gems and other craft...

Messy Museum Day | 27 July 10:00

Part of the Festival of Archaeology 2018 Iron Age coins – out of air-drying clay and gold paint make an Iron Age coin with a picture of a stylised horse...

Mrs. Farquhar’s Afternoon Tea – 2.00pm | 27 July 14:00

Afternoon tea includes a selection of Fair Trade tea, finger sandwiches with fillings of smoked salmon, grated cheese, Wiltshire gammon, egg mayonnaise and cress, a scone with clotted cream and...

Dig it! | 27 July 11:00

Drop-in and meet members of the Berkshire Archaeology Research Group (BARG) and handle real Stone and Bronze Age artefacts.  Become a trainee archaeologist by digging in a ‘test pit’ and...

Family Activity Day: Terrific Tudors | 01 August 10:00

Make a Tudor character mask on a wooden stick from a variety of craft materials. There will be a free Tudor-themed activity trail available too. Children under 16 must be...

Messy Museum Day | 03 August 10:00

Roman bracelets Make a bejewelled roman bracelet in the shape a coiled serpent out of a craft roll, gold paint, gems and other craft materials. Then go and see the...

Mrs. Farquhar’s Afternoon Tea – 2.00pm | 03 August 14:00

Afternoon tea includes a selection of Fair Trade tea, finger sandwiches with fillings of smoked salmon, grated cheese, Wiltshire gammon, egg mayonnaise and cress, a scone with clotted cream and...

Family Activity Day: Terrific Tudors | 08 August 10:00

Costumed courtiers 10am - 3.30pm Make a Tudor lady or gentleman fit for the Elizabethan court, from a craft roll, polystyrene ball, fabric, Deco pens and other craft materials.  ...

Messy Museum Day | 10 August 10:00

Roman lamps Make a Roman oil lamp out of air-drying clay. You can then go and find the real thing on display in the museum. £2 per child. For 4-11...

Mrs. Farquhar’s Afternoon Tea – 2.00pm | 10 August 14:00

Afternoon tea includes a selection of Fair Trade tea, finger sandwiches with fillings of smoked salmon, grated cheese, Wiltshire gammon, egg mayonnaise and cress, a scone with clotted cream and...

Peter Pan – Outdoor Theatre | 13 August 18:00

Immersion Theatre invite you to soar away to Neverland as they proudly bring their trademark energy to their most magical musical to date, PETER PAN. Get ready to think happy...

Family Activity Day: Terrific Tudors | 15 August 10:00

Glorious gardens Make a collage of a Tudor garden on a panel or canvas using a variety of craft materials. There will be a free Tudor-themed activity trail available too....

Messy Museum Day | 17 August 10:00

Ceramic coasters With porcelain pens personalise your ceramic tile coaster, using as inspiration a Victorian sampler from our collection. Find out about 19th century in the permanent exhibition. £2 per...

Mrs. Farquhar’s Afternoon Tea – 2.00pm | 17 August 14:00

Afternoon tea includes a selection of Fair Trade tea, finger sandwiches with fillings of smoked salmon, grated cheese, Wiltshire gammon, egg mayonnaise and cress, a scone with clotted cream and...

Family Activity Day: Terrific Tudors | 22 August 10:00

Terrific tygs 10am - 3.30pm  Make a Tudor tyg, a many handled sharing cup, from air-drying clay. Dress for mess! Disposable aprons will be made available for the messier activities....

Messy Museum Day | 24 August 10:00

Beautiful birds Decorate a wooden bird with Deco pens and patterned paper and then varnish (decoupage) as the Victorians would have done. Finally, attach a piece of ribbon for a...

Mrs. Farquhar’s Afternoon Tea – 2.00pm | 24 August 14:00

Afternoon tea includes a selection of Fair Trade tea, finger sandwiches with fillings of smoked salmon, grated cheese, Wiltshire gammon, egg mayonnaise and cress, a scone with clotted cream and...

Family Activity Day: Terrific Tudors | 29 August 10:00

Make a stained glass window-effect Tudor Rose design using coloured cellophane and tissue paper. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. £2 per child. For 4-11 year olds...

Messy Museum Day | 31 August 10:00

Pattern printing Using the museum’s Arts & Crafts copper jug by Elizabeth Waterhouse as inspiration, make your own nature-inspired stamp to print on fabric. £2 per child. For 4-11 year...

Mrs. Farquhar’s Afternoon Tea – 2.00pm | 31 August 14:00

Afternoon tea includes a selection of Fair Trade tea, finger sandwiches with fillings of smoked salmon, grated cheese, Wiltshire gammon, egg mayonnaise and cress, a scone with clotted cream and...

Touch to See | 10 September 10:30

Touch To See meets on the second Monday of every month from 10.30am – 12pm at the West Berkshire Museum. The group has access to tactile and audio resources from...

Heritage Open Day | 15 September 11:00

Explore a normally closed off part of the museum, the attic of the Cloth Hall.  Please be aware that only a small number of people will be allowed into the...

Heritage Open Days | 15 September 11:00

Join us in the Great Hall for introductory talks about the history of the House. At 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm and 2.30pm and visitors will be able to self navigate their...

Talk: From Villa to Village | 19 September 19:00

The role of voluntary archaeology in uncovering Roman, Saxon and Medieval Berkshire Some Timed to accompany an exhibition on 60 years of work by the Berkshire Archaeology Research Group, this...

Blaze’s Buddies | 04 October 11:00

Join Blaze, the museum dragon, and listen to a short action poem about him followed by other activities including a simple craft linked to the treasure Blaze has found that...

Mrs. Farquhar’s Afternoon Tea – 2.00pm | 26 October 14:00

Afternoon tea includes a selection of Fair Trade tea, finger sandwiches with fillings of smoked salmon, grated cheese, Wiltshire gammon, egg mayonnaise and cress, a scone with clotted cream and...

Blaze’s Buddies | 01 November 11:00

Join Blaze, the museum dragon, and listen to a short action poem about him followed by other activities including a simple craft linked to the treasure Blaze has found that...